Good Kid, M.A.A.D City was the major label debut from soon-to-be-pretty-big rapper Kendrick Lamar. It was an introduction in more ways than one as it was a concept LP about Lamar's upbringing in the 'hood. Lyrically complex with sub-plots and red herrings galore it featured a more subtle production that has often been seen in hip-hop with brooding instrumentals and deep atmospherics leading to both underground and commercial accolades.
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10/10 Emil Andersen 29th January 2016
This album is pure, simple perfection. I've already listened to it before I received it on vinyl, but one can simply not grow tired of it. Kendrick Lamar paints the truest picture of Compton that any rapper have ever done. His use of metaphors and racial/hood slang does not only lead a journey through this amazing piece of concept art, but tells a story from a child's perspective as well. Lamar shows clear signs of his influences in the heavy-beated "Backseat Freestyle" and further again in "m.A.A.d city"; a song about the craziness of Compton, and the world he comes from. The album is a piece of post-gangsta rap art that revives the art form as something new, as something on a whole other level.
9/10 Jack 5th February 2015
Kendrick Lamar's debut effort Good Kid: M.A.A.D City [Deluxe Edition] materialises just at the right time to give West Coast rap some renewed notability. Kendrick Lamar is one today's most unique rappers. Left of centre, he joins the likes of Drake and KiD CuDi, paving his own pathway. Good Kid m.A.A.d City is not only one of 2012's best rap albums but also one of the year's `crowning achievements.' Conceptually structured around its title - Kendrick is ultimately a good kid trapped in Compton, which is chucked full of vices within the sins/demons of a bad, rough city - Lamar details his early life experience.
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